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Twitter's move to ban political ads is just the latest of several moves by the platform to position itself as an antidote to what critics see as Facebook's missteps and ethical lapses, Axios' Sara Fischer and I report.
Why it matters: The free speech banner Facebook is waving used to be shared by most of the big social media companies. A Twitter exec once called the company "the free speech wing of the free speech party."
Driving the news: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said Wednesday in a series of tweets that his company will no longer accept political or advocacy advertising of any kind on its platform.
The big picture: Twitter has made a concerted effort over the past two weeks to separate its policies from Facebook, although this was the most visible effort to knock its rival so far.
Yes, but: Political ads don't make up a significant revenue stream for Twitter, so this was an easier decision for it to make than it would be f0r Facebook.
Others argue Twitter's decision will hurt less-known candidates and groups that can't afford to buy expensive political ads on radio and TV.
Our thought bubble: As both platforms have tackled this issue over the past two weeks, Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have laid out deeply different visions of their platforms' place in the world.
The bottom line: This is a big step for Twitter, and it may put pressure on other digital platforms to follow suit.
Twitter's move to ban political advertising is ratcheting up the pressure on Facebook to change its policies.
Why it matters: Critics have blasted Facebook for allowing candidates to essentially lie at will in their advertising on the social network, and some Facebook employees are lobbying their management to change course.
Be smart: Even Facebook is struggling to stick to its policy.
What they're saying:
Aiming to stem the power and profits of big U.S. tech companies, governments around the world have imposed a variety of measures, from digital taxes to requirements that data be stored locally. However, as Axios' Margaret Harding McGill reports, the companies are starting to fight back.
Driving the news:
The big picture: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative put a spotlight on digital trade issues this spring in its annual report on barriers to American exports, and the tech industry wants its issues prioritized as the office prepares next year's report.
What's next: USTR will review the submissions for the 2020 National Trade Estimate, which is meant to aid U.S. negotiators as they work to reduce the barriers.
More than 70% of university students believe that big tech companies are a net benefit to society, according to a new survey from College Reaction.
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